Makalu Circuit Trek - 25 Days

Mt. Makalu 8,485 meters above from sea level is a fifth highest mountain of the world which is located at Mahalangur Himalayan range of Nepal. Remote and less the beaten Makalu Circuit Trekking is one of the challenging adventure route of Nepal since the trail offers crossing of three major toughest passes need to cross; Sherpani Col at 6,180 meters, West Col at 6,190 meters and Amphu Laptsa La Pass at 8,850 meters. The trek offers an amazing views of world’s highest mountain ranges including world’s highest Mt. Everest 8848m, Mt. Kanchenjunga 8586m, Mt. Lhotse 8516m, Mt. Makalu 8485m and many more snow-capped mountains.

A professionally organized Makalu Circuit Trek with Junket Nepal Pvt.Ltd embarks after a short flight to Tumlingtar. Leaving Tumlingtar, we will have a couple of hours drive to Khadbari to get started the trek. Since the trek is wild adventurous and amazingly ascends to high altitude, it is very important that we have to be well acclimatized by using reserve days along the trail, our dedicated working team has perfectly designed this itinerary by keeping high priority on your safety following numerous numbers of reserve days at crucial places. During the initial days we follow soft walks through agricultural farmlands, rhododendron forests and charming villages, mostly gradual ascend trails heads towards Makalu Base Camp, Swiss Base Camp, Sherpani Col Base Camp then to Mt. Baruntse Base Camp followed by adventurous high passes. After accomplishing all major high altitudes and challenging passes then the adventure journey joints to a place of world’s classic trail of Everest Base Camp at Dingboche. After there we descend to Namche Bazaar and to Lukla for fly back to Kathmandu.  

Trip Facts

  • Trip CodeJNMBCT 24
  • Duration25 Days
  • GradeModerate to Strenuous
  • DestinationNepal
  • Min Pax02
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Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
  • Day 02: Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar 45 min & Drive to Khadbari (1,030m altitude) 2-3 hrs
  • Day 04: Trek to Chichira (1,830m altitude) 5-6 hrs
  • Day 05: Trek to Num (1,490m altitude) 5-6 hrs
  • Day 06: Trek to Seduwa (1,460m altitude) 5-6 hrs
  • Day 07: Trek to Tashigaon (2,070m altitude) 5-6 hrs
  • Day 08: Trek to Kauma Danda (3,470m altitude) 6-7 hrs
  • Day 09: Cross Kauma La (3,603m altitude), Tuti La (4,125m altitude) and Keke La (4,170m altitude) then to Mumbuk (3,570m altitude)
  • Day 10: Trek to Nehe Kharka (3,700m altitude) 4-5 hrs
  • Day 11: Trek to Shersong (4,615m altitude) 6-7 hrs
  • Day 12: Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4,800m altitude) 4-5 hrs
  • Day 13: Rest and acclimatization
  • Day 14: Trek to Swiss Base Camp (5,150m altitude) 5-6 hrs
  • Day 15: Trek to Sherpani Col Base Camp (5,700m altitude) 6-7 hrs
  • Day 16: Rest and acclimatization
  • Day 17: Cross Sherpani Col (6,180m altitude) and trek to Baruntse Base Camp 8-9 hrs
  • Day 18: Cross West Col (6,190m altitude) and to Amphu Labsta Base Camp (5,400m altitude) 7-8 hrs
  • Day 19: Cross Amphu Labsta Pass (5,850m altitude) and trek to Chhukung (4,730m altitude) 8-9 hrs
  • Day 20: Trek to Tyangboche (3,867m altitude) 5-6 hrs
  • Day 21: Trek to Namche bazaar (3,440m altitude) 4-5 hrs
  • Day 22: Trek to Lukla (2,800m altitude) 5-6 hrs
  • Day 23: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Day 24: Free day at Kathmandu
  • Day 25: Final Departure

Cost Includes:

  • Airport Arrival and departure transfer by Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with BB Plan (3 star rated hotel) as per itinerary
  • A day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including City Guide, Private Vehicle and all heritage sites entrance fees
  • All ground transportation (as per mentioned in Itinerary) by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu – Tumlingtar and Lukla – Kathmandu flight
  • All required Trekking permits and conservation area/National Park fees
  • Tented camp accommodation during the trek as per mentioned in itinerary
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the entire trek
  • All essential camping equipments & kitchen equipments
  • Trekking guide
  • Required numbers of porters
  • Staffs salary, clothing and insurance
  • Government tax/vat and required documentations

Cost Excludes:

  • Personal travel insurance
  • Major meals in cities
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, bar bill etc.
  • Personal trekking stuffs
  • TIPS for staffs

Usefull Info

Trekking preparation and Physical Condition:

Physical Fitness is an important part to have trekking adventure in Nepalese Himalayas. To be fully prepared to gain lifetime experience of walking in the mountains, explore Himalayan vista with combined cultural experience can accomplished by exploit inspired adventure seekers who can walk 4 to 6 hours ascends and descends per day. We generally prefer short and easy trek for first time trekkers and moderate to adventurous trekking for experienced trekkers as per preferences.

Preparation for trekking has not any hard and fast rules and regulations. We recommend all trekkers to maintain their physical fitness level a couple of months before the trek. The fitness activities might be jugging, walk through steps (Uphill and Downhill), join a fitness club etc. while achieving the adventure experience of trekking, physical fitness as well as mental fitness plays vital role, every trekkers should also have to be mentally prepared.

Accommodation and Meals during the Trek:
Almost popular trekking regions in Nepal are filled with sophisticated tea house lodges which offer standard room accommodation and hygienic foods. Every trekker can choose varieties of foods; Nepali, Continental, Indian etc from the menu. Apart from the popular trekking routes where the tea houses are not available, we will provide camping accommodation and prepare meals by our team members. In cities, you can choose any (non star to 5 star categorized) hotel to stay before/after begin the trip as per your budget and requirement.

Grades of Trekking:
A Himalayan country Nepal amazingly presents several world’s high mountains including world’s top Mt. Everest, other mountains above 8000m from sea level and several snow-capped peaks. Grades of trekking determines as per altitude level, duration of the trek, level of difficulties, wilderness in trails and many more factors. Basically we classify the grades as; Easy, Moderate, Strenuous & Adventurous. Easy trekking is suitable for beginners, and gradually all grades trails offers unique taste of adventure for all adventure seeking trekkers.

High Altitude Sickness:
High altitude Sickness is totally unusual and unexpected sickness which means effect of high altitudes while in a trekking. It attracts more if we ascend so quickly in the mountains. As we know that prevention is better than cure, we don’t have to gain altitudes too quickly, acclimatize with altitude by slow and steady walk with numbers of reserve days would be a good idea.

The symptoms of high altitude sickness are; loss of appetite, sleep disturbance, difficult to pass urine, headache, irregular breathing, Nausea, mild weakness, hands and face swelling etc.

In case of such sickness while you are in mountain with our team, every trekker needs to follow the instructions provided by your guide, guides from Junket Nepal (P) Ltd always are well aware about such sickness and basic treatment procedure. Immediately descend from the altitude is one of the major treatment of high altitude sickness. Drink a lot of water, take some garlic soup, you may also take Diamox 250mg and other modes of cure. If the situation would be out of control situation with serious sickness, we will arrange immediate emergency evacuation by horse or helicopter depending upon the situation.

Best Season for Trekking:

Generally 2 seasons in an annual year are considered as a peak season of trekking and mountaineering in Nepal which are autumn – September, October & November and spring – March, April & May. During the season view of mountain will be clear. Some adventure seekers who want to walk not facing other large groups, peaceful environments can also choose December – February. June-August months are monsoon season which ruins long trekking trips but one can choose short hiking trips.

Types of Trekking:

Types of trekking can be categorized in 2 different parts;

I) Tea house trekking; available in several popular trekking regions of Nepal. This type or trek generally operated by using tea house lodges for meals and accommodations during the entire trekking. Tea house lodges are not well sophisticated as hotels and resorts in cities but they provide simply the best services and facilities.

II) Camping Trekking; required to set up tented camps for the less beaten trekking regions where those tea house lodges are not available. During the camping trek, our crew team will carry all camping equipments, meals and essentials.

Trekking Permits:
Trekking permits are essential before entering into every trekking trails. Your trip detail should have to be registered.  Types of trekking permits are as follows:

 I) TIMS (Trekkers Information Manual System): It is required for your safety provided by an umbrella organization of trekking agencies - Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN). It helps to keep record of every trekkers in mountains and control illegal trekking operators by keeping your details (Name, Nationality, Date of Birth and Passport Number)

II) National Park/Conservation Area Permits: Every trekking trail are joined with at least one national park or conservation area project where we have to issue permit and have to pay certain royalty for Conservation area project. For example; Annapurna Conservation Area Project required for Annapurna region trekking, Sanagmatha National Park permit required for Everest region trekking etc.

 III) Special Permits: It is compulsory for restricted area’s trekking in Nepal. Nepal government has listed some important trekking trails in their restricted area lists such as Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, Lower Dolpo, Manaslu Circuit, Makalu Circuit etc. such permits are need to be issued from department of immigration of Nepal. This permit’s royalty rates are generally higher than national park/conservation area fees and TIMS differ from season of trek and its duration.  Please contact us for full extent of information about royalty lists for special permits.

Trekking Safety and Security:

Safety and security is one of the major factors while in Nepalese mountains for trekking adventure where we might face unusual sickness, problems, injury and so on. First of all be sure you have chosen best company for your trekking holiday that’s why you will get experienced and knowledgeable trekking staffs. Guidelines from trekking leader plays vital role to be safe from such unusual problems. We generally provide experienced guides who are well trained having high level of knowledge about altitude sickness and other possible problems as well as basic treatment procedure to be safe from the problems.

Trip Note

Our itinerary can be changed accordingly to your interest, duration and preference. If you want to do extra activities such as Mountain Flight, Jungle Safari, Sight Seeing, All Nepal Tours, Hotel Booking, Flight Ticket, Tourist Bus Ticket, Vehicle on Hire, Peak Climbing, Rafting, Paragliding. We are ready to serve you. We are always happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.  

Certificate & Parthers

Nepal GovernmentNepal Tourism BoardTAANNepal Mounataineering Association Himalayan Resue Association Lovely Planet Trip Advisor